C. If a church does not provide for differentiation, spiritual adolescents will seek it, often by joining another church offering programming of interest to spiritual adolescents. Larger churches frequently grow by fulfilling adolescent spiritual needs when smaller churches do not provide an equipping track for all levels of spiritual maturity. Spiritually adolescent Christians often leave their church family of origin for the exciting activities and spiritual adventures with an attractive peer group found in a larger church. Megachurches can provide an everlasting experience of the excitement, elitism, drama, and angst of teenage life.
 The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.
   
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